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Eighth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-8) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

15-19 October 2012 | Geneva, Switzerland

Highlights for Monday, 15 October 2012
The eighth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-8) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) opened on Monday, 15 October in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jim Willis, Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions, stressed that the Stockholm Convention's work is underpinned by science, meaning that "POPRC is the engine that makes the Convention work."

After adopting the agenda and agreeing on the organization of work, POPRC began deliberations on the draft risk profiles for chlorinated naphthalenes (CNs) and hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD), both of which were sent to small drafting groups. After discussing the results of Japan’s study on whether pentachlorophenol (PCP) is a source of pentachloroanisole (PCA), the Committee decided to lift the brackets in the draft decision from POPRC-7 on PCP and its salts and esters and adopt it, determining that they meet the screening criteria specified in Annex D. The Committee created a contact group on hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) to discuss whether to recommend listing it in Annex A with or without exemptions, or to allow the Conference of Parties (COP) to determine the appropriate Convention annex.  The Committee also discussed the draft guidance on how to assess the possible impacts of climate change on the work of POPRC. A contact group was formed to further refine the draft guidance.

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Cynthia de Wit, Stockholm University, presented the UNEP/AMAP report on climate change and POPs during a lunchtime side event.
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José Álvaro Rodriguez, Colombia, intervenes during a discussion of HBCD.
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Liselott Såll, Norway, presented the results of the intersessional work on climate change and POPs.
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Peter Dawson, New Zealand; Timo Seppälä, Finland; and Shannon Castellarin, observer from Canada, discuss evening work.
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Chair Reiner Arndt and Executive Secretary Jim Willis welcome members to the eighth POPRC meeting. (Photo courtesy of John Wickens)
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Members and observers attending POPRC-8.
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*IISD RS coverage of POPs POPRC-7, 10-14 October 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), 25-29 April 2011, Geneva, Switzerland
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Sixth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC6) to the Stockholm Convention on POPs, 11-15 October 2010, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Simultaneous Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs), and Eleventh Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF), 22-26 February 2010, Bali, Indonesia
*IISD RS briefing note of the Fifth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC5) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), 12-16 October 2009, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of POPs COP4, 4-8 May 2009, Geneva, Switzerland
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